Month: December 2010

Hike and Sketch at Bullfrog Lake

12-26-10 33°F  cloudy, breeze orange and red trail Hiking today seems like a workout, for I am wearing regular hiking boots and not snow shoes. There are several inches of snow on the ground. I love to hear the “crunch, crunch, crunch” sound with…

Christmas Bird Watercolors

Lately, I’ve been trying to loosen up with my watercolors. The background of the blue jay represents what I’m talking about. I feel sometimes, as if I am too stiff while painting with watercolors. I mean, that’s their true character…loose and free, and so…

Winter Sunset Sketch

Winter Sunset Sketch 4:20pm 17°F  icy cold wind Centennial Park As daylight quickly slips away, a golden glow desperately hangs near the horizon. Purples and blues creep in behind me, shadows start to disappear, and the night takes over. The retention pond is nearly iced-covered…

Let’s Paint Winter Grasses!

There’s something wonderful about winter grasses. Could it be that bright warm golden glow? Could it be the way they sound bending in the wind? Could it be the way they poke out of the snow? Yes, all of these above make winter grasses…

Smallest American Falcon Sketch plus Sound

Sound: European Kestrel call (similar to American but lower pitch) by Dobroide from Free Sound Project. Leaving work early one day last week, I stepped outside and something flew over my head at high speed shouting, “yip, yip, yip, yip, yip, yip”. What the heck? I ran…

Sketchbook Hiking: Spears Woods VIDEO

Well friends, here it is! Finally! Sit back and relax and enjoy a short hike at Spears Woods before we do a step-by-step watercolor sketch demonstration. Why are we hiking before we paint? Well, I really want to invite the viewer to make a…

Hike and Sketch at Bartel Grasslands

I heard through the Illinois Birding List, that if you visit the Bartel Grasslands after 3pm, your chances of seeing a short-eared owl over the field this time of year is pretty high. Well, that’s all I needed! So yesterday I jumped in the…